Which configuration to choose ?

September 27, 2014 1.2k views

Hi everyone !

I recently became a customer of Digital Ocean and can not be any happier,

I already how created a droplet(10$ one) and I have to say I'm very amazed how fast everything works. With the help of very well explained tutorials provided by Digital Ocean I have configured a LEMP server running on Ubuntu 14.04.

I'm planning to use this droplet as a back-end API server for a mobile application which I already have created and will be uploading it soon to Google Play.

The database consists of few tables with total of ~50,000 records in them which will be pulled by the users(thorough PHP script) in chunks (~ 30 rows per request) and JSON response will be generated.

Unfortunately, I can't tell right now how many these requests will be made per day, but I was wondering, do I really need a 1GB server if total memory usage right now is below 200 MB ? I do realize that the server is not under a high load at the moment but that is why I'm asking here.

I would like hear from people who already host their application's back-ends/sites, what are the memory usages for you with LEMP configuration ?
How many requests do you get and what is the memory usage for your servers under high load ?

There is no problem for me paying extra 5$ right now, but viewing it from a long term perspective it makes me think do I really need to pay extra or can I just stick with 5$ droplet (the one with 512MB) ?

Thank you all in advance !

1 Answer

Feedback from other users is always great, but I'd also recommend that you do some testing of your own. There are always going to be a number of variables that are different between your set up and others. Doing some real load testing is the best way to figure out your needs. One of the best things about being able to spin up and tear down servers on demand, is that you can do some quick testing and only be charged for the short time that you used the server. Take advantage of that.

One tool for load testing covered on the site is JMeter, check out this tutorial series:

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